Compact archive October 24, 2006

"Skoda Roomster" party on Wenceslas Square

If you will be walking tomorrow or on Thursday in the lower part of Wenceslas Square (Mustek), your attention will be probably drawn by the party R´N´ROOMSTER held by Skoda Auto, the producer of Czech cars.

R´N´ROOMSTER is a final party that will close a three months long travelling to 16 cities through Europe where Skoda Auto introduced its new model Skoda Roomster.

The main programme will be provided by performances of Czech music bands Support Lesbiens, Chinaski and German Street Live. The programme full of contests, dance and concerts starts on Wednesday and Thursday at 14:00, the whole action is for free.

Exhibition of Grete Popper's Photographs

Grete Popper was a leading German photographer. Moravian Gallery in Brno with the cooperation of the Municipal House organize an exhibition of her work – Photographs.

The exhibition of Popper’s photos from the 30’s of the 20th century includes next to her portraits and images shot in the studio also the most significant pictures – unique photographs of Prague streets representing the atmosphere of the time and made from unusual visual angles and lighting.

Entrance fee is 60 CZK (reduced price available). The exhibition is held in the Dinning Halls of the Prague Municipal House till 7th January 2007.

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The Prodigy in Prague

The festival of electronic music Electronic Beats will be for the first time in Prague. The main attraction of this very popular festival will be British band The Prodigy.

The Prodigy created a new phenomenon – electric music. Their energetic and unpredictable performance will be adjoined by other top players of electric music, such as Slam, Yonderboi, DJ Carl Craig or N.O.H.A.

Electronic Beats takes place in National Gallery – The Trade Fair Palace (Veletrzni palac) on 28th October at 20:00. Tickets are already sold out, but the festival will be broadcast on music channel TVocko in the following weeks.

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Department store Tesco is a cultural monument

The department store Tesco (former Maj) in the centre of the city on Narodni trida confronted the thread of being demolished or at least very changed. Architect Rostislav Svacha raised an objection against it this March. Also thanks to his action, the Ministry of Culture declared this building a cultural monument.

The building is a good example of the architecture of the 70’s in the 20th century – in the communist regime. It was built in 22 months, the ceremonial opening was on 21st April 1975.

There are a lot of discussion concerning the building. If Tesco company wants to change the building it must be done carefully with respect to the cultural monument now. Parties involved can still appeal against the decision of the Ministry of Culture till 27th October.

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Christmas markets

As we informed you yesterday, even though Christmas comes in two months, Prague hotels are almost fully booked for this period, as well as for the New Year’s Eve. About 100 000 – 150 000 tourists will celebrate these holidays in Prague and they can look forward to the interesting programme.

Christmas atmosphere can be felt on Christmas markets that start on Saturday 2nd December and will last til the 1st January 2007. The markets will be held on the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Visitors can see a twenty meters high Christmas tree which will “throw out snow”. There should be new stands similar to the ones in Vienna this year.

The Prague State Opera together with Czech Philharmonia will play Ryba’s Christmas Mass in the Old Town Square on Christmas Eve at 21:15, on New Year’s Day visitors can look forward to the New Year’s Concert in the Old Town Square at 18:00.

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